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Mangal Kebab Latest to be Shut by Health Dept.

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Dec. 13, 2011 Staff Report

Mangal Kebab, located at 46-20 Queens Blvd., was closed by the New York City Health department on Saturday. The restaurant has since reopened.

Mangal workers said the restaurant was closed due to a series of “small problems” that were easily rectified.

The reasons cited by the health department are below:

Violation points: 69

Sanitary Violations

1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.

2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.

3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.

4) Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.

5) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

6) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

8 Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.

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Such an interesting and diverse range of comments- I’ve never “eaten here” but I get their gyro on Turkish bread to go and it’s delicious. If they had some violations, they were probably addressed and I’m thinking that we should all move on. This very public proclamation of a restaurant’s grade is a new and probably difficult thing to weather; more importantly is how an establishment responds after they are graded. I think they will be okay- I am going to try the falafel sandwich next!

(It’s sad when someone right away thins “bribe.” Probably their first thought when they get in trouble. Such a lack of faith in humanity! Don’t trust anyone…)

Long time resident

You can tell who never worked in food service in high school and college from the comments on these types of posts. If you read the violations, they’re all pretty minor, that just requires the management to keep on top of the staff a bit more.

I remember once finding a nest of baby mice in a dry storage room at a restaurant I worked at. It was a clean place. But you know, mice like food.

Also, the lentil soup with homemade bread is incredible.

I’m puzzled as to why anyone would have a “People actually eat there?!” response. I ate there before the expansion. Great felafel sandwiches too. The staff is really nice.


and yet ANOTHER restaurant closed and yet ANOTHER restaurant I will not frequent anymore. I guess I will be saving money by cooking at home.

Even though they are now open and lets say eligible for an A++++… I will not eat in this dump merely on the principle that these owners have no respect for their patrons.

lets see…

Lentinis…. check
Mangal ….. check
Chips…. not closed yet!


Mangal rules! best Turkish. Turkish, by the way, not Lebanese like El Shater; which I also love, but totally different food. I hope they open again, soon. Hey, Christy Boy, your head is Chock full of nuts.


Do not worry about this “Health Department”…A popular Woodside eatery has a “Grade Pending” and rightfully so…I had found a roach in my food…yuk..needless to say , we have never been back….( this happened before the ratings ….over 1 yr. ago.) I appreciate the ratings.


The rival Oasis on corner of QB and 40th Street just got hit with a “B” sanitation rating, but they have it displayed among Christmas decorations in the very last window on 40th Street. Isn’t it supposed to be displayed at the entrance?…Also, Harmony Terrace on 41st Street near Greenpoint Avenue has displayed a “Grade Pending” sign since September 18th. Why is it taking so long for an inspector to visit?


Mangal is terrific. Glad they were able to rectify the situation and reopen so quickly. Try their Lentil Soup and homemade bread sometime. One of the best lunches you can get in the neighborhood for less than $5.

Christy Boy

Who In there right mind would go in there? I can remeber there was a Chock full o Nuts Coffee shop on that corner of 47thst.


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